The Raingam Enterprise is a small undertaking initiated by few young volunteers to provide free computer education to orphans and neglected children especially, from poverty stricken families. Our primary aim is to introduce these poor children to the lessons and application of computers, and to subsequently guide them towards building their own future.
Located at Ukhrul, a most neglected, remote north-eastern Indian town bordering Myanmar where shortage of everything ranging from water to electricity is faced, it has not been an easy task for us to carry on with an initiative as this. Ukhrul is a small hilly town hit by poverty and crisis where Indigenous Nagas live. It is one place where suppressive policies of India reign while deliberately or systematically depriving the population of any government benefit. Even salaries of government employees in this district, on which the entire population directly or indirectly depends, are often delayed for a year or more. One can well imagine the destitution of the orphans and the poor in a situation wherein, even normal families live hand to mouth.
It is in the backdrop of these challenging situations that the Raingam Enterprise was established. We the volunteers, most of whom are orphans ourselves, have been doing everything at our capacity to keep it running for the past 6 years since its establishment in the year 2004. Side by side with the routine computer classes, the institution does small business in the form of mobile repairing, photo copy, lamination, desktop publishing works etc. We also maintain a public phone booth besides acting as a ticket agent for few travel companies. These have been our humble ways of raising funds to run the institution/organization.
Is a matter of great joy to know that many of these old students are now self-struggling, pursuing further computer studies on their own, or working with companies in different cities. We, the volunteers are proud that we have been able to show the light at the end of the tunnel to the despondent youngsters who absolutely had no future.
The Raingam Enterprise is determined to carry on with this mission and continue to be a source of hope for the many deprived children in and around Ukhrul. We have dreams to upgrade and expand this free computer education program. We also dream to transform our little set-up into an orphanage home. But the meager earnings we obtain from our micro-scale business (which is the lone source of our income) is hardly sufficient to run the institute and feed the staffs. Allowances for the staffs and students are out of the question.
Regrettably thus, we are hardly able to accommodate a dozen students in a single batch. Shortage of funds, space, personnel and computers has handicapped us from doing beyond this. It is sad that since the establishing year, the total numbers of orphans we have taught so far are only around 60.
This is why this organization is forced to seek outside help from benevolent donors. We look forward to receiving supports from people who love the poor and disadvantaged in the form of sympathy, encouragement, financial and material helps and prayers. Let us together help those who are genuinely in need of help. Let us be a hope for the hopeless. If we feel pity for a child trapped in a burning house, why must we have less mercy for a boatful of helpless children bound to sink?
WHAT ARE OUR MISSIONS?
Nearly a decade ago (2002) our family with few friends got together and decided to set up a small organization (as a non-profit/profit) called The Raingam Enterprise after our family name. Back then, we didn’t know what exactly we should be doing, but our aim was to give free computer education to Orphans while we run small services like Computer Repair Services, Mobile Repair Services, etc.. After few years we somehow managed to setup The Raingam Enterprise at a locality called Phungreitang (East), in Ukhrul Town. But the actual business of our organization and the services came later one after another since we had not much to invest. In the first few years, we do Electronics Repair Services and then the following year we managed to install a couple of computers and then again we started the Computer Repair Services followed by Mobile Repair Services.
Once the computers were installed, we got the chance to offer Basic Computer classes to the Orphans. Even though it’s not a large scale, we are still running and working hard to upgrade it. This year (2011) we’ve been offered by the Land lord of the Star Hotel, Viewland to run our organization's business in his extra 4-room apartment (top floor). Hopefully, we’ll be able to do more and run everything better from September 2011.
With the income from the Services, we manage everything from Rent to purchasing spares and from Power Bill to Telephone Bill.
In the conclusion, we would like to declare ourselves that we are not doing all these because we have sufficient materials, manpower, money, etc... but only to help those who are desperately in need of help and support and to those who are needier than we are while we generate a small income. We have nothing and we don't even have enough resources to meet our daily needs, and most of all, we are not highly qualified, but we are only extending and sharing our knowledge from whatever we've learned. Hope people won't judge us for our weaknesses, but will support us and help keep The Raingam Enterprise strong.